Christina Aguilera Talks Troubled Year

The singer discusses her failed album, marriage, and performance flubs

Posted: 06/16/2011 02:55 PM EDT
Christina Aguilera

No one knows better than Christina Aguilera about the awful year she’s had. It started off with the failure of her latest album, Bionic. Then came more personal problems, like the end of her marriage. And just when you thought she was getting back on her feet, she flubbed the words to the National Anthem during this year’s Super Bowl. She even fell down while trying to redeem herself a week later at the Grammy Awards.

In her cover story for W magazine, the pop star opens up about the rough times. On her marriage she explained, "At one time or another we were both not angels. It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood." Saying she didn’t want her son growing up in a similar tumultuous background, she declared, "I will not have my son grow up in a tension-­filled home.

As for the Super Bowl, Christina said, "I got lost in the emotion of being there and I messed up the lyrics to the song." She can now joke about, though. She added that she often tells her boyfriend she can be the following trivia question:”'In 2011 what female singer flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem?'" When it comes to falling down during the well received Grammy tribute to Aretha Franklin, Christina thanked Jennifer Hudson for catching her. Christina said, “My heel got caught in my train, and if it wasn't for Jennifer Hudson, who picked me up as I went down, I would have fallen to the floor.”

Fortunately, things are looking up and much of that has to do with Christina’s role on the new hit NBC musical competition The Voice. Not only is the show a huge, but Christina’s reportedly collecting the largest check among her fellow judges, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green. The Hollywood Reporter says Christina is pocketing $225,000 per episode, while the other judges only make $75,000 per episode.

(Photo: Tony Bartone/PictureGroup)

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